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Lights and Shadows of a Macao Life: The Journal of Harriett Low, Travelling Spinster

it was ok 2.0  ·  Rating Details ·  4 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Lights and Shadows of a Macao Life, the title chosen by Harriett Low for her journal, aptly describes the conflicting emotions of the first American woman to live in China. Making a rude transition from the tranquility of Salem, Massachusetts into a world of sampans and sedan chairs, women with bound feet and men with queues, the lively young American records a detailed po ...more
Hardcover, 833 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Laing Research Services
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Jill
Feb 23, 2016 Jill rated it it was ok
I read this because it was mentioned in a guide book as a reference about old colonial Macau. A true story about Harriett Low Hillard told by her letters and journals as a young Salem MA woman who sailed to the far east with her aunt and uncle who were there for business with the East India Company. This occurs in the 1830's and the attitudes are shocking. They visited and lived in several cities including Manila, Canton, Macau and Cape Town. On their return trip about 7 years later they spent t ...more
L. (Climbing Mt. TBR one page at a time)
A young American woman travels to China with her family, does a whole bunch of nothing for several years, and her journal doesn't really pick up and get interesting until the voyage back to America.

I struggled on how to (and whether I should at all) rate this book. I always kept in mind that this was a journal Harriet was writing strictly for her sister to read and not for public consumption. My reading pleasure was never Miss Low's top priority. I tried to consider that Harriet was a young woma
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